Bar-Hopping in San An
San An has enough bars – pubs, lounges, club-bars, megaclubs and even local bars – to drown the devil himself. The West End is a Brit-dominated territory of pubs and football-shirt-clad drinkers. The world-famous Sunset Strip has a more mellow vibe, while the beachside promenade hosts laid-back lounge-style bars. The southwest end of the bay is an increasingly popular food-and-drink destination.
Relocated to southern Sant Antoni from Ibiza's east coast, and with a rainbow-striped boat as its centrepiece, Jam Shak is a lively joint owned by a British-Jamaican couple and offering rum punch and cocktails, great tunes and a menu of Caribbean grub such as jerk chicken.
Enjoying a prime beachfront location, Ibiza Rocks Bar is a haven for music lovers, with acoustic performances from the likes of Pete Doherty and Ed Sheeran, and DJ sets from artists including Annie Mac and Basement Jaxx. There's always a party fever. During the day it's fun for drinks, meals (mains €8 to €12) and hearty breakfasts.
With its horizon-facing views, glam decor and seafront terrace, Savannah is a fine Sunset Strip pick for a cocktail or dinner with a view. The intimate back room is a red-hot party venue (it's free to get in) and has hosted DJ talent such as Roger Sanchez. Bookings require a minimum €60 spend per person.
The One and Only
Ibiza's (and Spain's) most famous bar, Café del Mar is an island institution and a place of pilgrimage. The seafront bar has been serving up the same mix of atmospheric electronic beats, pricey drinks (cocktails €15) and staggering sunset views since 1980, growing to include a swanky adjacent bar-restaurant and a merchandise shop.
One of the earliest Sunset Strip bars (established in 1994), Café Mambo is a music-geared venue with lots of preclub action, and the warm-up bar of choice for many globally famous DJs. The premises include a stylish twin-deck restaurant terrace (book ahead; minimum spend €70). Drinks are expensive (cocktails around €15); try the sangría de cava.
If you're craving real ales, a full-monty British breakfast or a Sunday roast, look no further. The welcoming Welsh-owned Ship Inn pub is very popular with workers doing the Ibiza season, so it's good for finding out what's on and picking up tips. Prices are moderate and there are DJs and bands some nights, plus sports on the screen.
- Mellow sunset beats
- Seafront bars
Jam Shak is a 10-minute (800m) walk south of central Sant Antoni.